The innovations that are being tested and implemented in smart city initiatives across the world, based on means such as data and digital technology in order to make cities more efficient and liveable, come with the danger of deepening inequality by excluding digitally marginalized groups.
Smart City Demonstrators is an extensive research report by Future Cities Catapult aiming to shed light on what can be learned from existing smart city solutions and services and inform the next generation of city-based projects.
Smart cities usually rely on digital innovation to create the biggest impact with the smallest digital insert. While this is a crucial part of what makes smart cities ‘smart’, this reasoning is mostly based on assumptions, and, there are other components at work as well.
Tel Aviv was voted as the “Best Smart City in 2014” at the Barcelona Smart City expo, beating 250 other cities from around the world to the title. This distinction was based mainly on DigiTel, a personalized digital communications network.
In a latest article published in Engadget, by Nick Summers, a smart city project that is under development in Toronto Canada is presented. According the author the project started with an email sent by Eric Schmidt, Google’s former executive chairman, to Dan Doctoroff, of SideWalks, in 2014, having as subject line “The City of the Future”.
Within the framework of the EU-funded NEWBITS project, a benchmark analysis of ITS innovation diffusion has been performed for three specific areas of ITS innovation: 1) Sharing Mobility, 2) Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS), and 3) Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV’s).
The UN’s prediction that, by 2030, two-thirds of the world’s population will be living in megacities, means that smart technologies can play a key role in reducing the pressures and impact of overcrowding.